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Published: Wednesday, May 15 2013 4:58 p.m. MDT

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Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Trauma? Was there "trauma"? That's an interesting use of that word.

Yes, the contractor failed to build a road properly.

Yes, those that should have inspected the process failed to do their job.

What is the solution? Aren't their rules and guidelines that must be followed when a road is built? How about comparing the process used by the contractor to the rules and guidelines used by the government inspector? If the contractor failed to follow those rules, and if those government employees, who inspected the road, failed to see that the rules and guideline were not being followed, how about firing all of those government inspectors and then using the bond required of that contractor to rebuild the road? Since that contractor seems incapable of doing the job properly, it only stands to reason that his bond should be used by another contractor to do the necessary repairs.

isrred
South Jordan, UT

But I thought that private companies always did everything right and government did everything wrong?? So of course when a private contractor makes mistakes the conservative Deseret News places the blame on the government entity because we could never possibly blame private business over government.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

When Made In America meant it was made to last, as the industry is out sourced, nothing is any more. I expected to only buy 1 fridge, washer and dryer, dish washer when I got married, man was I wrong. Every thing is built to fail as soon as the warranty is up. Road construction is the only thing left to do. and seems that they need job security too.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with Mike R., a thorough review of the bidding process (a little family history search may turn up some relatives or bid donors to legislator campaign funds - but I digress), and the inspection process which would include logs, reports and reviews is in order. The process need to be in public and under oath, with penalties for perjury.

Also look into competence training for inspectors, and those who assigned them to inspect the project. Sometimes inspectors are forced into roles for which they are not qualified but assigned to avoid contracting out the role to private qualified people.

Where was the governor in all this? The problems with this project were not hid under a bushel, it was in the news a lot.

I accept that trying something new i.e., the special lanes to I-15 and fancy overpasses can be a bit daunting, but somewhere people should have had their heads up out of the sand and been on top of the problem.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

How can you hold business accountable when you're so busy handing out taxpayer money to hush up the losing contractors from spilling the beans on your corrupt awarding process? Remember folks, these contractors weren't rewarded to do these projects because their plans were so great. They were rewarded these plans depending on how much they contributed to the governor's campaign fund.

CG
Orem, UT

isrred

"But I thought that private companies always did everything right and government did everything wrong??"

Silly argument. If this had been a privately funded and operated toll road, the private company that contracted the road construction would certainly have been more diligent than UDOT has been in inspecting the construction work to ensure that the road was built according to industry standards.

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

Big Gubberment at its finest.....even in conservative Utah we have RINO's who tow the LIBERAl agenda Party Line(Huntsman/Herbert. Turn the entire project over to the private sector and dissolve UDOT!

utjazzfan
American Fork, UT

The company that did this project also did the North County Boulevard project which was about 2 to 3 miles long in Highland. It took them over a year and a half to complete this project and they cut residential phone lines a couple of times and the man hole covers stick up and are not level with the road its like going over a speed bump. I really believe the cheapest bid is not always the best bid for the money tax payers have to pay if the job is not done right the first time. I sometimes wonder if this company even knows how to build a road that is safe and done with quality workmanship.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

They also need to redesign a curve that goes under the overpass (westbound). It is dangerous and will be especially so in the winter. I can't believe they let that one go...

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